READING, Pa. – For the second straight year the Gallaudet University women's volleyball team suffered a conference loss against Penn St.-Berks as the Nittany Lions defeated the Bison 3-1 on Sunday. The loss is the first for Gallaudet in the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) this season. GU bounced back later in the day with a quick 3-0 shutout against Penn St.-Abington.
Penn St.-Berks (14-2, 8-0 NEAC) jumped out in front as they took the first set 19-25 followed by a 16-25 win in the second set before the Bison responded with a 25-10 third set win. The match ended in the fourth as the Lions escaped with a 25-27 win. Kayla Mosser's 11 kills led Penn St.-Berks as the Nittany Lions demonstrated strong passing against Gallaudet. Freshman middle hitter Kali Frowick (Norfolk, Neb.) had 13 kills, eight digs, two assists and two service aces against the Lions. Senior outside hitter Paige Johnson (North Richland Hills, Texas) and junior middle hitter Jessica Israel (Frederick, Md.) chipped in with nine kills. Israel led the team with four blocks (three solos). Freshman setter Sarah Tubert (Burbank, Calif.) passed out 37 assists and made 11 digs for a double-double. She also recorded seven kills, three service aces and two solo blocks. Junior outside hitter Ann Whited (Fishers, Ind.) made eight kills and 13 digs to go with two block assists.
Last season the Bison lost 3-2 (26-28, 25-14, 26-24, 16-25, 13-15) against Penn St.-Berks in another close match at home. GU rallied and later won the NEAC tournament, in its first year in the conference, to advance to the NCAA tournament.
The Bison flew through the final NEAC game of the weekend as they beat Penn St.-Abington 25-5, 25-7, 25-9. Freshman Alison O'Hara (Colorado Springs, Colo.) played in all three sets and made a career-high eight kills against the Lions (2-13, 0-6 NEAC). Gallaudet finished the weekend with a 3-1 record against teams from the South Division.
Gallaudet returns home to host St. Mary's (Md.) College on Tuesday, October 4, in a 7 p.m. non-conference game.